Grey Cubes is a modern variation on the brick-breaker-type game, based on real-time physics and three-dimensional gameplay (not just 3d look). Minimalist in style, with clean graphics and deep, original soundtrack.
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Very Positive (274 reviews) - 89% of the 274 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 15, 2015

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“An inventive spin on Breakout and its clones that brings physics into play to a greater degree than ever, Grey Cubes is the perfect first stop for those new to the block-breaking genre and will revive old passions for the game that inspired it for longterm players.”
9/10 – Trusted Reviews

“New life breathed into an old concept: loads of new ideas, simple gameplay, and a "just-one-more-go" addictiveness.”
4/5 – Tap Smart

About This Game

Grey Cubes is a modern variation on the brick-breaker-type game, based on real-time physics and three-dimensional gameplay (not just 3d look).

Minimalist in style, with clean graphics and deep, original soundtrack.

The game contains 60 levels, each one is unique, each one with new challenges.

Features:
- addicting mechanics based on classic idea mixed with real-time physics and three-dimensional gameplay,
- 60 highly diversified levels,
- a traditional system of power-ups incorporated into modern gameplay mechanics,
- multi-layered levels.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+
    • Processor: 2 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card supporting DirectX 9.0c and Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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Very Positive (274 reviews)
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turntechJackson
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Grey Cubes is a unique take on the classic formula of "bounce a ball off a paddle to break blocks", AKA Arkanoid/Breakout. While the goal of destroying all the blocks on the stage is the same, it takes place in 3 dimensions. Blocks can be stacked on top of each other, can tumble around, and can be pushed around by other objects. It is tons of fun, and has a large ammount of content for the asking price. If you have a dollar, I would recommend dropping it on Grey Cubes.
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Nuclear Nacho67
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 15
Product received for free
Take everything you've learned from atari breakout, pong, and pinball... AND THROW IT IN THE ♥♥♥♥ING TRASH!!! This is a hardcore version of your normal "pong" and "breakout" but THIS!!! This is puting your atari 2600 in a microwave and still trying to play it at the same time. Its hard... but don't actually do that ok? PREPARE YOUR SOUL for 60 levels of pure agony as you have to bounce a ball over, and over, and over, and over, and yeah you get the idea... WITH TONS of powerups and powerdowns to either make you happy or to ♥♥♥♥ you off, this game is totaly worth it, really fun, and the best part is.... theres CUUUUBBBBEBEEESSSSSSSS
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comp9
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 5
I enjoyed this short breakout style game. There are 60 levels, each level different from the rest. You'll bounce the ball off bumper paddles, go through portals, toggle bricks, use powerups, and see several other things that keep the game feeling fresh. Many of the levels even have a bit of an artistic feel to them.

The ambient music suites the game well and the deep musical note "thunk" used when you hit the ball sounds great on nice speakers.

If you're into achievement hunting this game isn't too tedious and all the achievements work.
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God, owner of the universe
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 5
It's not a strong thumbs up, but the game is ok enough to recommend.

It's the kind of game I play when I come home and have to wind down for 5-15 minutes before diving into gaming or watching something on NF. It's good for bridging that abyss between two entirely different states of your self-flow.

Casual game. Nicely done. Nothing to write home about, but also not something I'd describe as "forgettable".
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AtomicSoundwave
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 28
This game is a different take on a block breaker woth some 3d and different mechanics.

Feels enough like earlier games like this but different enough to be new.
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KindlyFire
1.4 hrs
Posted: July 27
Very nice game ! :)
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rbd11235
2.5 hrs
Posted: July 25
Pros:
Unique game mechanics different from most other brick breaker games
Several different types of levels that are really cool.
Level designs that rarely repeat themselves and either introduce new elements or mix them up in a way that hasn't been done before
A decent amount of powerups
VERY LOW COST

Cons:
The game is not very visually interesting. The colors in this game are restricted to almost entirely a mixture or gray and blue.
Shows achievement progress at the end of every level. You'll be constantly distracted by the bottom right of the screen.
The game doesn't have too much replay value.
Sensitivity for the paddle is WAY too high. You'll need to put it on the lowest setting just to be able to control it at all.
No level editor or bonus levels/modes
Only one difficulty

Overall, it's worth a playthrough, especially for only a dollar. I'd recommend giving it a try.
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Rocky
4.4 hrs
Posted: July 22
A fun, new, fresh take on a old classic. Though it can be a bit fustrating at times!
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Murphy's Lawyer
5.2 hrs
Posted: July 21
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Grey Cubes
  • Original Release: 2015
  • Genre Tags: Casual; Puzzle; Block-Breaker; Simple; Indie
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 3 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Nostalgia chasers; Casual gamers; Puzzle gamers; Arcade gamers

REVIEW
Grey Cubes is a game that delivers exactly what it is meant to. It is a casual experience that is truly casual; unlike the myriad of indie games that appear “casual” only to reveal themselves to be frustrating due to poor design/mechanics. If you are looking for something relaxing to play after a long day, you’ll find that here. The only down side being that it isn’t a very long game; there are only 60 total levels. But it is very reasonably priced and there is good replay value.

I grew up playing block-breaker games in the early 90s at the local pub. While my parents had their after-dinner drinks, I would pump quarters into the little touch-screen machine at the corner of the bar. So when I saw Grey Cubes for less loose change than I had in my pocket, I had to pick it up. And I’m glad I did.

Grey Cubes is a very simple and enjoyable modern imagining of the block-breaker genre. It offers a nice blend of nostalgic charm and simple, relaxing gameplay. It is an excellent game to zone out to when you just need to unwind for a bit. But the best feature of Grey Cubes is how it remains pleasantly minimalist and simple while offering a nice array of unique and individualized takes on the long established genre.

It is also worth noting that the soundtrack is highly enjoyable and works perfectly to encapsulate the feel of the game. This soundscape helps create a very relaxing and “Zen” atmosphere that is easy to zone out to. If music is an important part of your relaxing game choices, you should be pleased with what you find here.

Lastly, just be sure to note that Grey Cubes is a very short and minimal game. It won’t appeal to everyone; especially “hardcore” gamers. But if you like having a go-to-list of simple, relaxing games for those days you’re too tired to play something mentally taxing, then you should consider this strongly as a candidate.

Follow my curation page to see more of my recommendations!
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mushroom
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 19
This game is dope.

It's like reliving an enhanced childhood experience.

Definitely worth the dollar right from the start.

Must buy if you've played and liked Breakout or other similar games before.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I enjoyed this short breakout style game. There are 60 levels, each level different from the rest. You'll bounce the ball off bumper paddles, go through portals, toggle bricks, use powerups, and see several other things that keep the game feeling fresh. Many of the levels even have a bit of an artistic feel to them.

The ambient music suites the game well and the deep musical note "thunk" used when you hit the ball sounds great on nice speakers.

If you're into achievement hunting this game isn't too tedious and all the achievements work.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
It's not a strong thumbs up, but the game is ok enough to recommend.

It's the kind of game I play when I come home and have to wind down for 5-15 minutes before diving into gaming or watching something on NF. It's good for bridging that abyss between two entirely different states of your self-flow.

Casual game. Nicely done. Nothing to write home about, but also not something I'd describe as "forgettable".
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Product received for free
Take everything you've learned from atari breakout, pong, and pinball... AND THROW IT IN THE ♥♥♥♥ING TRASH!!! This is a hardcore version of your normal "pong" and "breakout" but THIS!!! This is puting your atari 2600 in a microwave and still trying to play it at the same time. Its hard... but don't actually do that ok? PREPARE YOUR SOUL for 60 levels of pure agony as you have to bounce a ball over, and over, and over, and over, and yeah you get the idea... WITH TONS of powerups and powerdowns to either make you happy or to ♥♥♥♥ you off, this game is totaly worth it, really fun, and the best part is.... theres CUUUUBBBBEBEEESSSSSSSS
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71 of 73 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Grey Cubes
  • Original Release: 2015
  • Genre Tags: Casual; Puzzle; Block-Breaker; Simple; Indie
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 3 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Nostalgia chasers; Casual gamers; Puzzle gamers; Arcade gamers

REVIEW
Grey Cubes is a game that delivers exactly what it is meant to. It is a casual experience that is truly casual; unlike the myriad of indie games that appear “casual” only to reveal themselves to be frustrating due to poor design/mechanics. If you are looking for something relaxing to play after a long day, you’ll find that here. The only down side being that it isn’t a very long game; there are only 60 total levels. But it is very reasonably priced and there is good replay value.

I grew up playing block-breaker games in the early 90s at the local pub. While my parents had their after-dinner drinks, I would pump quarters into the little touch-screen machine at the corner of the bar. So when I saw Grey Cubes for less loose change than I had in my pocket, I had to pick it up. And I’m glad I did.

Grey Cubes is a very simple and enjoyable modern imagining of the block-breaker genre. It offers a nice blend of nostalgic charm and simple, relaxing gameplay. It is an excellent game to zone out to when you just need to unwind for a bit. But the best feature of Grey Cubes is how it remains pleasantly minimalist and simple while offering a nice array of unique and individualized takes on the long established genre.

It is also worth noting that the soundtrack is highly enjoyable and works perfectly to encapsulate the feel of the game. This soundscape helps create a very relaxing and “Zen” atmosphere that is easy to zone out to. If music is an important part of your relaxing game choices, you should be pleased with what you find here.

Lastly, just be sure to note that Grey Cubes is a very short and minimal game. It won’t appeal to everyone; especially “hardcore” gamers. But if you like having a go-to-list of simple, relaxing games for those days you’re too tired to play something mentally taxing, then you should consider this strongly as a candidate.

Follow my curation page to see more of my recommendations!
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61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2015
Grey Cubes is a 3-dimensional minimalist take on the old Breakout game model. It plays a bit like pinball with the 3D ball rolling around, and you use reflexes and hand-eye coordination to figure out how to direct the ball into slamming the blocks scattered on the screen.

Complicating the shots are intricate and well-designed map layouts, exploding blocks, obstructions, moving obstacles, and even double-ended maps in which you have to stop the ball escaping through not only the bottom but also the top of the screen (It's harder than you'd think.)

Random powerups also fall as blocks are destroyed, and they can give you advantages like multi-ball, a larger paddle to direct the balls, or magnetic or electric charges on the balls. But watch out which drops you catch, because not all of the powers are helpful, and you can also pick up ones that make your paddle smaller or cause your ball to jolt and stagger rather than roll on a predictably smooth vector.

Don't let the slow speed, neutral pallette, and hypnotic music lull you into thinking that Grey Cubes is too easy though. It's relaxing at first, but it does get pretty challenging.

There are 60 levels, but you can keep replaying levels to beat your score, giving the game substantial replayability. The only real negative I found was that some of the achievements seemed to reset every time I restarted the game, which makes them kind of frustrating if not impossible. (It does look like the devs are aware of this issue, so hopefully that will be fixed soon.)
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42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Notwithstanding the drab and dull name of the game, a damn fun and enjoyable variation on the old breakout/arkanoid arcade gameplay.

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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
Overview
Grey Cubes is, in a nutshell, 3D Breakout with nice visual effects. That's what it wants to be, and it does it pretty good. It's one of the best versions of breakout I've played, and worth taking a look at.

The Pros:
  • Visually Appealing - The game is 3D, the bricks are cuboid shapes, and the best part is... physics! The whole game has a blueish theme with very reactive environments. Let's be honest, the game of breakout is pretty darn simple. While you play it, at least look at something pretty too. This game does that perfectly.

  • World Interaction - To make things more interesting, the game has added gameplay mechanics, such as buttons that once pressed change something in the level, or bouncy surfaces that boost your projectile's speed and even vortexes that teleport your ball around.

  • Lengthy Levels - Some levels have difficult obstacles or are constantly spewing out new bricks to keep you busy. Some levels can take up to 5 minutes to beat, and there are 60 levels in total available.

  • Magnet Mode - After some progress in the level has been achieved, an optional manually activated power-up is available to you, meaning magnet mode, which guides the ball to the nearest cubes. This is insanely useful when you are left with a few difficult to hit cubes left in the level, or not wasting other active power-ups on empty space by going in head first! If you view this as cheating, well, don't use it!

The Cons;
  • Some Levels Repeat Themselves - If you think at some point you are experiencing deja-vu, you're not. You have seen that before. It's the exact level from 10 stages ago, but bigger and harder. Doesn't happen too often, but I would have rather seen 60 unique levels than having 40-ish unique and 20 iterative ones.

Conclusion
This game is a great time killer. A nice, new breath of air for the breakout genre, and well worth your time if you like this sort of game. And for the 0.99 Euro price tag, what more could you ask for? (Also, Achievement Hunters! 13 easy achievements on this one!)

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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
The cubes might be grey, but your language is going to be rather colourful...

Grey cubes. It's an unassuming title isn't it? It tells you very little about the game. There are cubes in the game, yes. The cubes are indeed grey. There are also cuboids, flat surfaces, and panes, also varying shades of grey, bluish grey, and on occasion red or even other colours. But mostly grey. Let this game not be accused of false advertising. It is based on the perennial favourite Breakout. A game who's heritage is as old as the all time greats (and much like another game I've recently reviewed - Fine Sweeper), and has had various attempts to refresh it. Some have had a lot of success like Shatter, others, not so much. How does this one stack up?

Breaking out of two dimensions...

The game flow, whilst obeying the two dimensional nature of Breakout in the usual manner, does play with the third dimension in clever ways, with blocks often stacked up using the depth plane in clever ways to mask the actual number of blocks you'll need to take out, as well as throwing the blocks in different directions (physics play a part, in more than a few ways). The playfield will on occasion be changed up as well, adjusting itself and forcing you to adapt and improvise as the level literally evolves as you clear the field, the game is full of clever touches that keep things fresh and interesting as you work through the levels.

In an interesting twist, you're also given a usable ability that will magnetise the blocks, sending the ball careening towards them once you've managed to clear more than half the board, a great way to help tidy up the last few stragglers, and to prevent frustration with that "one last block" that tends to pervade these Breakout types of games. It's a clever feature and bears merit on that point in specific.

Minimalism done right.

Much like the clean, stylised presentation of recent games such as Invisible Inc. There's a clean, almost futuristic feel to Grey Cubes that has a specific design vision, helped by the minimalist music, that doesn't overawe the gameplay, but instead complements the action, with blocks being broken up to the accompaniment of various orchestral stings (louder ones based on some power ups as well). Giving the game an almost trancelike state when everything goes right.

Grey in colour, but gold in standard

Grey cubes, despite it's rather unassuming nature is a very tightly woven game, with enough surprises to make it stand out from most of the Breakout type games on the market (Shatter excepted, but then Shatter was really, REALLY good), it's most definitely recommended for anyone with a hankering for a block smashing.

Verdict : Recommended
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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2015
The Mona Lisa of the Arkanoid / Breakout genre. If Leonardo da Vinci were a game developer Grey Cubes is exactly the Arkaniod game he would create. Encompassing 60 levels of inventive level design, coupled with cool physics, casual yet challenging game-play, immersive sound and minimalistic three dimensional graphics, Grey Cubes will emphatically satiate your Arkanoid itch and put a smile on your face.
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Grey Cubes may appear to be 'another breakout clone' but it surprised me. After quickly introducing power-ups and intelligent multi-level designs it started to feel closer to something like pinball.. which isn't a bad thing! Starting the game with 5 lives you are able to obtain more by reaching score targets or collecting random drops that occur during play. Otherwise receiving the option of continuing with another 5 balls for the cost of 20000 points after death.

Wide range of power-ups all having positive effects or negative effects, some of these included power-balls, multi-balls, mirrored-balls and lightning balls. Though the star of the show was the level mentioned designs. Passing each sector opened up new areas on the table or caused objects to stack on top of each other further increasing the skill required. After several levels the game also includes switches for toggling gates. Controls were responsive for mouse and gamepad though at times the ball did feel a little floaty, perhaps to do with using real-time physics.
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Overall it can be a quite the relaxing experience considering the genre. Think much of that had to do with the beautiful trance soundtrack and minimalist design. Don't hesitate on a sale, worth rrp for breakout/pinball fans. Thoroughly enjoyed my time spent playing and recommended. Cheers folks and happy gaming. :)
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